Aftershocks at Martha’s Vineyards

Some days start the same as any other.  Things just seem to flow smoothly, minor annoyances, but most of all, you feel at the end of the day as if you have accomplished all tasks. But then you have those days that start off from the beginning, when you just know it will be one of those you will have to fight “tooth and nail” no matter what comes! Today just seemed like one of those days.

     The day began with my thumbing through my usual “list of things” to do, everyone has one of those lists, and it keeps getting longer, every time you cross one item off to move to the next. And when you leave, you either forget it at the home, or begin to question yourself on why you thought you needed the list in the first place.

     As I did, I was thinking about my oldest daughter Jessica. Jessica is out in Florida without a care in the world. And here I am, constantly scanning the channels to look for the slightest increment, the tiniest turn of Hurricane Irene towards Florida, and I would be on the phone telling her she must come home. This is a life or death matter.

     I guess it is something about your child being out there; being in danger and you cannot reach them. I had watched the path of Hurricane Irene on every channel that tracked hurricanes all morning. That was up until approximately 2:50 P.M. That is when crisis #2 struck.

     Crisis #2 was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Virginia and surrounding areas. I then shifted gears. I had an aunt and uncle, cousins, all in Virginia. I had friends and colleagues in Washington DC and in New York. Needless to say I was immediately on the computer sending emails, scanning Facebook for updates to pages of loved ones to check for their safety. Moments later the 4.5M in intensity aftershock followed the first and yet, once again, the updates were being updated. I remember thinking I have a hurricane in the gulf; Now I have not one, but two earthquakes rattling my friends and family in other states. I was beginning to get a bit rattled myself.

     It was about that time that an alert came across the TV, and I thought, “Oh, no! Not again!” And it wasn’t! But the strangest thing caught my eye. There were reporters on air, criticizing the situation that President Obama had taken his family to Martha’s Vineyard in the earlier part of this week, and with the hurricane, and the earthquake, his only comment, was that his family had felt a minor tremor as well. Reporters were questioning what does that say about a President who takes a vacation, and when a hurricane reaches a Category 4 in the waters and an earthquake shakes the very ground underneath him, his family and his fellow Americans? What does that say?

     Well if you ask me? I’d say, human. He placed calls home and he sent a statement advising all concerned of him and his family’s welfare, just like me. He is the President! What more can he do? I think sometimes the media expects more out of him than they should. After all, he is just a man. Last week, he was a man leading his family on a vacation, and some quality downtime.

     This week he will return to the White House and he will make announcements to the public. More than likely he will advise Hurricane Irene will be making landfall, please take precautions. He will also tell us that two earthquakes struck Virginia, and surrounding areas. The only difference will be his geographical location. Maybe I should get one of those reporters to follow my daughter around. That way I don’t have to worry as much.

Published April 12, 2012, Ruston Daily Leader, The Park Benc

Published by touring from the park bench

A blogger, columnist, educator, researcher, social media enthusiast, and writer with a zest for knowledge; Brenda is the founder of "Touring from the Park Bench"; formerly the column and now, the blog. Her diversified background has enabled her to research and write in Arts and Sciences, knowledgeably and creditably. Her writing themes include Behavioral Sciences, Christianity, Criminal Justice, Education, Fitness, Healthcare and Informatics, Lifestyle, Psychology, and Sociology. Brenda thrives on researching and learning, which has enabled her in work in Technical Writing and Communications for over five years. Though varied in her traits, she has considered the distinctions of others, as a contribution, an honor, and a privilege to behold. She acknowledges her acceptance through collaboration and communication with professionals in other disciplines, forming meaningful partnerships through the culmination of challenging projects. She feels It is through interaction that awareness, integration, and success in finding solutions to mutual problems are constructed. She sees adaptability as her best characteristic, and modesty as her worst. She currently lives in Florida with her youngest daughter and her chihuahua. She has professed in words life lessons such as learning the day is scarier than the night, for you will see the harm that befalls you, and betrayal is painful. She's learned unconditional love is never stronger as seen in the very young and in the very old. She's learned no matter what emotion a person is experiencing a cuddly puppy can make you re-evaluate so much. She's learned the only certainty in life is death- so, be ready. She's learned the most experienced emotions are forgiveness, grief and hope, and that patience is the most taught virtue. She often finds nature as deeply overwhelming and has come to realize how important grounding is for the body and soul. It’s the fleeting moments people don’t take advantage of like when caught in a rainstorm, when snowflakes begin to fall and melt as soon as they touch the warmth of your skin. AUTHOR'S WORDS~ "Have you ever watched over a cocoon, as it changes into a butterfly, or a rose bud as it blooms? It is almost like watching your children grow, all too quickly, they aren’t children anymore, and neither are you. Live life while you can for you do not get a second chance.”

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